Woman hit by trains after police chase may seek plea deal

Feb 20 2014 - 3:04pm

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Bonnie Jean Stroud waits to appear before Judge Michael G. Allphin Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in 2nd District Court in Farmington. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
Bonnie Jean Stroud waits to appear before Judge Michael G. Allphin Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in 2nd District Court in Farmington. (DYLAN BROWN/Standard-Examiner)

FARMINGTON  -- A plea deal may be in the works for a woman who was involved in a police chase and then was hit by two trains, her attorney said.

Steven Burton said during a hearing on Thursday for Bonnie Jean Stroud that he has recently received evidence from the prosecutor's office.

"We need to review it and there may be something in it that may help with negotiations," Burton said.

Burton told Judge Robert Dale in 2nd District Court that he plans to meet with prosecutors soon.

Dale set March 27 for another pretrial conference hearing for Stroud.

Stroud, 29, is charged with one count of failure to stop at the command of police, a third-degree felony; two counts of assault, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one count of reckless driving, all class B misdemeanors; and, one count of no valid driver's license, a class C misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident that happened on Oct. 13, 2013, in Woods Cross.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Stroud's blood alcohol content on that date at the hospital was 0.192, more than double the legal limit of 0.08.

According to the document, Stroud was "an unwanted guest" at a party in Woods Cross on Oct. 13, 2013. She left the party as police approached and then took off at a high rate of speed, police said. She led them on a chase during which speeds got as high as 100 mph.

Stroud turned eastbound on 2600 South, police said. At 1050 West, the Mercedes Benz Stroud was driving entered a train crossing and was struck by a southbound freight train.

As police were arriving, another southbound train on an adjacent track hit the vehicle.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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